Halle Berry Covers March Edition Of Essence

Halle Berry Essence Magazine March 2009 Academy Award-winning actress, Halle Berry graces the cover of ESSENCE (for the seventh time!) for their annual Hollywood issue. CNN’s “American Morning” correspondent Lola Ogunnaike talks to Berry about her upcoming movie, “Frankie and Alice,” remaining a successful Black actress in Hollywood and playing her most important role-being a mom to her 9-month-old daughter, Nahla. The Hollywood special also includes a photo spread featuring the legendary Diahann Carroll, Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson and “The Secret Lives of Bees” director Gina Prince-Bythewood. Each of the ladies will be honored at the second annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon taking place February 19 during Oscar Week at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The March 2009 issue hit newsstands on February 12.

On dating a White man:
“I tried Black men. I tried,” she wails in a mock southern accent. “I married two Black men. You know I tried.” She laughs again before making clear that “I don’t hold all Black males responsible because of the two bad eggs I got. I even dated Black men after my last divorce, but this is just where I found love.”

On her longevity in Hollywood:
“Setbacks energize me. They make me realize that I have more work to do.”

On being a mom:
“I thought I knew love before, but I never knew anything like this.”

On going bald for a role:
“I am shaving it off,” she says. “I know. Here comes the controversy, but I have to do it for the role and it will grow back – I hope.”



  1. I luvs me some Ms. Berry. I was just wondering the other day if she would ever go short [haircut] again and it looks like she will be once the hair grows back. And that just may mean I’ll be cutting off all mine (again!) if I get inspired enough *shrug*.

    LOL @ “I tried. You know I tried.” Yes she did. Gotta do you Hal!

    I love Diahann Carroll and I’m so proud of Taraji and her success. She’s been killin’ it fashion-wise and she so deserves her Oscar nom. I did not know that lady had a child. A fourteen year old son! Wow!

    Can’t wait to get this issue.

  2. Gotta Love Halle Berry!
    I’m very interested in her upcoming movies, esp. since she is going bold in one of them!
    Much continue success to her!

    Taraji is a wonderful actress! I hope she gets that Oscar!
    I just got done watching some of her earlier work, “Baby Boy”. I can hear her in my head right now saying” I hate you Jody!” LOL

  3. If you’re a women you shouldn’t close your mind to a man just because his race is different that yours. Finding someone to gel with is hard enough I’m happy for her. I’m also happy she is trying to tell more “black women” stories.

  4. Also why is it that black women are the only people who have to explain why they are not currently dating a black man? No one asked Jlo or Diddy why they were dating each other. James Earl Jones is not asked about his white wife. And Tiger Woods isn’t asked about his white wife either. Heidi Klum’s marriage is seen as a cute little interracal relationship. But she isn’t asked the question why did she marry a black guy. And its not just in black and white relationships. Matthew McConaughey loves to date latina women and no one thinks twice about it. And Selma Hayek’s baby daddy is a white man and I could go on and on about the double standards in interracal relationships.

  5. The aricle sounds like it is going to be very interesting and Halle Berry looks great!

  6. @ Kay

    You gotta realize that the magazine interview that she is doing is Essence. Most black woman magazines usually are very hung up on Black woman “finding a good black man” so when a black woman crosses the color lines, it is seen as shocker. This is one of the many reasons why it is hard for Black woman to be comfortable dating interracially because of the hungs up they get for doing so by both black men and women.

  7. loveroflife said,
    February 9, 2009 at9:48 am 2 days, 8 hours after

    Thanks girl… I needed to hear that. I guess I already knew but its nice to know I’m not the only one.

  8. What’ s wrong with dating outside your race? If the chair you’ re sitting in is not comfortable get up and move to another one

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